Larry Stevens, USC's Oldest Living Football All-American, Dies

Nov. 30, 2006

Larry Stevens, who was USC's oldest living football All-American first teamer, died on Wednesday (Nov. 29) in Sacramento, Calif. He was 95.

A private memorial service is pending.

Stevens, a 3-year (1931-33) letterman guard, earned All-American honors in 1933. He was a member of USC's 1931 and 1932 national championship teams. Both of those Howard Jones-coached 'Thundering Herd' squads played in the Rose Bowl. He also was on the first Trojan team to beat Notre Dame in South Bend (1931). Troy had a 27-game unbeaten streak and 25-game winning streak during his career, during which time the Trojans went 3-0 against Notre Dame.

He won USC's Most Inspirational Player Award in 1933 and played in the 1934 East-West Shrine Game.

After his Trojan career, he went to law school at USC, coached football and served in the military, where he played on a St. Mary's Pre-Flight team that lost to the Trojans in 1942. He then was California's first-ever director of veteran affairs before becoming a corporate lawyer and lobbyist.

He is survived by a son, retired California District Court of Appeal Justice Lawrence P. Stevens (who lettered on USC's track team in 1963 and 1964), and a daughter, Kathleen Small, plus 3 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

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